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Deal listed as one of 20 unspoilt seaside gems you must visit by Daily Mail

By Eleanor Perkins

Those in the know now head to Deal rather than Whitstable, according to the Daily Mail.

The town has been listed in the British paper as one of 20 unspoilt seaside gems you must visit.

The article reads: “While Whitstable has become a fashionable hotspot on the Kent coast, those in the know head to Deal, around a 40 minute drive away, which is just as pretty but without as many visitors.”

Deal seafront from the Pier. Picture: Tony Flashman.
Deal seafront from the Pier. Picture: Tony Flashman.

The writer gives mention to the array of pastel painted houses on the seafront as well as the many art galleries and shops in Deal’s picturesque streets.

Another noteworthy attraction, for them, is The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum in St George’s Road where you’ll find a ship’s bell, figurehead, several model ships and engravings of Turner’s illustrations of the town.

Commenting on where to eat, stay and what’s nearby, the Daily Mail suggest Jasin’s Restaurant on Deal Pier, Bear’s Well Bed & Breakfast in St George’s Road and English Heritage’s Walmer Castle.

English Heritage's Walmer Castle
English Heritage's Walmer Castle

Deal has been listed by other national newspapers in recent months.

The Times listed it as one of the top 30 places to live by the sea and one of the top 30 best places to visit for a weekend retreat in April 2014.

It was commended for it’s Fifties vibe and its mix of writers, musicians and business people.

The Telegraph also considered Deal to be one of the top 20 towns to consider relocating to.

MP Charlie Elphicke said: “This accolade shows how Deal is a town on the up. The hourly fast train has improved access and the best high street in the country has drawn new visitors.

"It’s great news that Deal is overhauling Whitstable and is becoming a must visit town. This should boost our local economy further and make Deal even greater!”

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